Lahore: The festival of Diwali brings joy for everyone. The atmosphere lite up with the clay lamps and fire crackers. The light of the lamps everywhere makes the new moon night to shine bright.
This festival of light is not only celebrated in India but also in Pakistan too. On this day keeping aside all the differences, the Muslim neighbours of the minority Hindus in Pakistan get together to celebrate the festival of lights. This years nearly five hundred Hindu families will celebrate Diwali in Lahore.Hindu community of Lahore has chalked out a three day Diwali celebration functions which will be followed by ‘Diwali Milan Party’ and an interfaith prayer. The event would begin from November 7 at Krishna temple situated at Batti Chowk area of Lahore where around 500 Hindu families will participate in the three day puja’s of lord Rama, goddess Laxshmi and lord Krishna. Manwar Chand, chairman of Pakistan Hindu welfare council has informed this.There are 12 Hindu temples in Lahore. The local Hindus here organises the prayer. Though the puja ceremony is organised at the Krishna Temple during Diwali, along with this other temples are also decorated.A resident of this locality of Lahore said that these temples are managed by local Hindu’s who have formed small committees to take care of the temple and ensure that daily prayers are held and other rituals are performed here.
Chand informed that on November 11, the Council would organize a Diwali Milan Party on the lines of Eid Milan Party at a star category hotel in Lahore which would be attended by representatives of all faith and discussions would be held on interfaith harmony and prayers would be held.